US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

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January 15, 2021

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Washington, Jan 15: The US government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China's third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trumps last week in office.

The Department of Defense added nine companies to its list of Chinese companies with military links, including Xiaomi and state-owned plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac).

US investors will have to divest their stakes in Chinese companies on the military list by November this year, according to an executive order signed by Trump in November.

Xiaomi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Xiaomi Corp. overtook Apple Inc. as the worlds No. 3 smartphone maker by sales in the third quarter of 2020, according to data by Gartner. Xiaomis market share has grown as Huaweis sales have suffered after it was blacklisted by the U.S. and its smartphones were cut off from essential services from Google.

Separately, the Commerce Department put China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) on the entity list, an economic blacklist that forbids U.S. firms from exporting or transferring technology with the companies named unless permission has been obtained from the U.S. government. The move comes after about 60 Chinese companies were added to the list in December, including drone maker DJI and semiconductor firm SMIC.

CNOOC has been involved in offshore drilling in the disputed waters South China Sea, where Beijing has overlapping territorial claims with other countries including Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Taiwan, and Malaysia.

China's reckless and belligerent actions in the South China Sea and its aggressive push to acquire sensitive intellectual property and technology for its militarisation efforts are a threat to U.S. national security and the security of the international community, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

CNOOC acts as a bully for the Peoples Liberation Army to intimidate Chinas neighbors, and the Chinese military continues to benefit from government civil-military fusion policies for malign purposes, Ross said.

CNOOC did not immediately comment.

Chinese state-owned company Skyrizon was also added to the economic blacklist, for its push to acquire and indigenise foreign military technologies, Ross said.

Beijing Skyrizon Aviation, founded by tycoon Wang Jing, drew U.S. criticism for an attempt to take over Ukraines military aircraft engine maker Motor Sich in 2017. The concern was that advanced aerospace technology would end up being used for military purposes.

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February 20,2021

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Patna, Feb 20: A day after the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) cancelled the social science paper for Class 10, over 500 students went on rampage on Saturday morning in Patna's Boring Road area vandalising government and private properties leading to baton charging by police.

The angry students broke windshields of several cars near AN College. They pelted stones in college premises. When police of the concerned Sri Krishnapuri police station reached the spot, the agitated students also pelted stones at them.

Since the students were in large numbers, police intimated the headquartres and more deployments from other nearby police stations were used. Mild baton charge was used to disperse the students.

The paper of social science was leaked in Jhajha and Jamui and circulated at several places through WhatsApp, leading the BSEB decision.

According to the BSEB, officials of State Bank of India of Jhajha and Jamui were involved in the paper leak. Three officials are currently under scanner of the police of respective district.

A reexamination is scheduled on March 8.

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February 15,2021

New Delhi, Feb 15: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and WhatsApp over the privacy policy update of the messaging platform. 

The top court said that the matter will be heard after 4 weeks.

The Supreme Court was hearing an application seeking directions to WhatsApp that it shall not apply lower privacy standards for Indian users and shall apply the same privacy policy and terms of use for Indian users as for users in Europe. 

The top court said that people have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy, and it is our duty to protect them.

The apex court said people value their privacy more than the value of the company which might be in trillions.

WhatsApp told the top court that Europe has a special law on privacy and it will also follow if India has a similar statute. 

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February 20,2021

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Indore, Feb 20: Ujjain-based doctor Krati Jain became the first woman in Madhya Pradesh to be felicitated with 13 gold medals and one silver medal for topping in medical studies.

She had received eight gold medals and one silver medal from Governor Anandiben Patel at her convocation ceremony at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya on Friday.

Dr Krati, who hails from the Ujjain district, had completed her MBBS in 2018 from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, which is among the three collages that come under Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. She had topped in all three colleges.

Speaking to ANI, Dr Krati said: "Today I am very happy to receive these eight gold medals and one silver medal for becoming an overall MBBS topper of the university and all subject topper in the final year. I received five gold medals earlier in every year of the course."

"MBBS is a tough course but I had the support of my parents and the guidance of my teachers. On top of that medical was my primary interest that is why I was able to focus more. I have completed my graduation degree in 2018 and I am now pursuing a Master's degree in Radiology," she said.

Advising the students who could not focus on the studies, Dr Krati said that studying your favourite subject more can reduce stress and boredom.

"The more time you spend studying your favourite subject, the more you will be interested and you will be able to understand the subject in a better way," she added.

Apart from the State Governor, Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav was also present at the convocation event.

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